||Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 - 12:15:30 PM
Ministry of Environment's Forestry Week Team Visits Grand Bahama
- Mar 24, 2017 - 10:38:56 AM
As a part of the activities to celebrate Forestry Week, Christopher
Russell, Director, Ministry of the Environment and Housing, with
responsibility for Forestry Awareness, visited Grand Bahama on Thursday,
Among the activities for the week have been a Proclamation
by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; panel
discussions with high school students to educate them on Forestry and a
Town Meeting held on Thursday evening at East End...
Nonstop Jet Service from Bimini to Orlando-Melbourne Florida Begins 4/27
- Mar 24, 2017 - 10:36:53 AM
Melbourne, FL – Elite Airways LLC today announced the introduction of
nonstop jet service to the island of Bimini starting at $99 each way*
Beginning on April 27, Elite Airways will operate two flights per day on
Thursdays and Sundays between Orlando Melbourne International Airport
(MLB) and South Bimini Airport (BIM). The new route offers east-central
Florida residents with a convenient alternative to driving or flying to
south Florida or the gulf coast to catch a flight to Bimini. Tickets are
now available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.
just 50 miles off Florida’s coast and known as Ernest Hemingway’s
favorite escape, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the U.S. with
miles of secluded beaches, four-star hotels, and the Resorts World
Bimini Casino and Marina...
National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Pays Courtesy Call on Ministry for Grand Bahama
- Mar 24, 2017 - 9:32:18 AM
Members of The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Grand
Bahama Island, paid a courtesy call on the Ministry for Grand Bahama on
Thursday, March 23. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the
Ministry with their functions and challenges.
Shown from left are:
Lester Ferguson, Executive Secretary, Commission; Pauline Bowen-Forbes,
Senior Welfare Officer, Disability Affairs Unit of the Department of
Social Services; Maxine Stubbs, Commissioner; Harcourt Brown, Senior
Under Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Melvin Seymour, Permanent
Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; DeCosta Bethel, Chairman; Anthony
Hamilton, Commissioner; Dorothea Gomez, Chief Welfare Officer,
Department of Social Services...
Bahamas places a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil
- Mar 24, 2017 - 5:04:23 AM
The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is aware of the meat
scandal unfolding in Brazil relative to food inspectors taking bribes to
allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Sr. Blairo Maggi,
Brazil's Agriculture Minister, advised that the government of Brazil has
suspended exports from 21 meat-processing units.
public health and food safety in The Bahamas, the Minister for
Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, has announced a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil...
Bahamas represented at ParlAmericas conference
- Mar 23, 2017 - 9:14:40 PM
Citizens for a Better Bahamas Chairman Lemarque Campbell recently
attended the ParlAmericas conference that was held in San Jose, Costa
Rica from March 16th to 18th, 2017. Parliamentarians and civil society
representatives, from 25 countries within the Latin America and
Caribbean region, attended the conference to discuss ways to strengthen
the ties between citizens and legislatures. Mr. Campbell was invited to
present on the importance of a Freedom of Information Act and governance
issues affecting the Bahamas.
Mr. Campbell commented, "Our work
continues until we see a strong Freedom of Information Act, not only
passed, but actually enacted and implemented in the Bahamas..."
Caribbean sports journalist Lawrence James dies
- Mar 23, 2017 - 8:26:55 PM
The Caribbean Sports Journalists' Association (CASJA) extends condolences to the family and friends of the late Lawrence James.
James, a Sports Journalist and Editor at the Mirror Publishing Company
Ltd of St Lucia, died on Tuesday March 21, following a long illness.
was also a Major in the St Lucia Cadet Corps and a founding member and
General Secretary of the Blue Dragon Karate Association of St Lucia...
VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project
- Mar 23, 2017 - 7:00:44 PM
A recent cooperation agreement between Damen and VSTEP has been
established for the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator
with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The
delivery is part of the Sandy Bottom Project, which sees the Defence
Force acquire a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrade its existing
fleet and develop its port and base infrastructure.
Netherlands-based VSTEP is renowned throughout the maritime industry for
its suite of state-of-the-art DNV certified simulators, which
facilitate training in compliance with all design criteria, class and
DPM Davis: Minnis absent from Parliament again
- Mar 23, 2017 - 6:31:37 PM
Another day in the House of the Assembly, another chair left empty by FNM leader Hubert Minnis.
latest no-show performance is a clear indication that he is avoiding
all possibility of being exposed as unable to defend his misstatements
on matters of national importance.
Today, the Prime Minister shared with colleagues that an important
milestone has been realized with the handover of facilities at Baha Mar
by the general contractor to the new owner. The handover will ensure
adequate preparations for the smooth opening next month on April 21st of
the following components of this world class resort...
Improvements to Public Health Centres Accelerating Public Healthcare Transformation
- Mar 23, 2017 - 12:35:53 PM
Contract signings for a total of $800,000 of renovation works to the
South Beach Clinic and the Flamingo Gardens Clinic were implemented in an
official ceremony, March 21, 2017, at South Beach Clinic, by Minister for Grand
Bahama the Hon. Michael Darville and Managing Director of the Public Hospitals
Authority, joined by local contractors.
projected renovations to the Flamingo Gardens and South Beach Health facilities
in New Providence are part of the Government’s ‘accelerated efforts’ to enhance
efficiencies in the delivery of service at local public health institutions
throughout The Bahamas ahead of the phased implementation of National Health
BAMSI Signs Contract With Androsian Entrepreneur
- Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:11 AM
Executives of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute
(BAMSI) on Monday signed a contract with Androsian entrepreneur Cerone
Dean to provide the Institute with animal feed produced using
The technology used by Mr Dean involves
the production of highly nutritious fodder in a protected agricultural
environment – which is an important element in overcoming the challenge
of feed shortage during times such as the dry season when pasture growth
is constrained. “Feed is critical to livestock production, however in
the Bahamas feed represents a major constraint to livestock
development,” Dr. Jason Sands...
First Northern Bahamas Sports Symposium Press Conference
- Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:09 AM
On Tuesday, March 21st,the Ministry of Tourism's Sports Tourism
Department held a press conference for the upcoming Northern Bahamas
Sports Symposium at the Pelican Bay Hotel.
Scheduled to be held
on April 1st, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at the Pelican Bay Hotel, the
symposium is dedicated to informing sports leaders or those interested
in planning sporting events in Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, and Abaco,
about the possibility of partnering with the Ministry to make these
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Statement on Deadly Explosion in St Lucia
- Mar 22, 2017 - 8:23:54 PM
The Ministry has learned of a explosion 22 March in the north of St.
Lucia at a quarry, resulting the death of four persons and injuries to
more than a dozen others.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the
Government and people of St. Lucia at this difficult
To date there are no reports of Bahamians who might have been
affected. The Ministry will continue to monitor the situation...
PM Informs House of Assembly of 'Important Milestone' for Baha Mar
- Mar 22, 2017 - 7:25:55 PM
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told
House of Assembly members on Wednesday that it gave him great pleasure
to inform them that on the day before, March 21, 2017, “an important
milestone of progress” was realized towards the successful completion
and opening of the mega Baha Mar resort, with the handover of facilities
by the general contractor China Construction to the new Purchaser CTFBM
He pointed out that the handover and the issuance
of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy will ensure adequate
preparations for the smooth opening next month on 21st April, 2017 of
the following components of this world class resort...
Charter For Caribbean Public Services Endorsed at Ministerial Symposium
- Mar 22, 2017 - 3:13:33 PM
A Charter for the public services of the Caribbean was endorsed at a
Ministerial Symposium that took place at the Jolly Beach Hotel in
Antigua and Barbuda on March, 9 & 10, 2017. The Charter identifies
components of a professional and effective public service. It
establishes a general framework of guiding principles, policies and
management mechanisms reflecting a common commitment of the Public
Services of the Caribbean Region. It is intended to serve as a catalyst
for the reform, modernisation and transformation of national public
sector entities within the context of each country’s realities and
priorities. Consultations took place in CARICAD member states ahead of
the Symposium to allow citizens to discuss the Charter and provide
STB: Finally, the PM understands how we feel
- Mar 22, 2017 - 3:00:36 PM
Save The Bays (STB) has
welcomed the Prime Minister’s warning over dangers of hostile public
demonstrations, pointing out that its own members have been pleading for
years for relief from aggressive and intimidating protests who have
placed them in fear for their lives.
The embattled environmental
group, which emphasized that the safety of its members remains under
serious threat because of its public interest advocacy, said it agrees
with Mr. Christie that under certain circumstances, demonstrations can lead to violence and harm.
STB legal director Fred Smith said, “The difference is that while the
'We March' movement of which the Prime Minister complains has already
held two peaceful and well organized events, giving no indication
whatsoever that there is anything to fear from their April 2 march...
Cable Bahamas updates on cable TV restoration work
- Mar 22, 2017 - 2:20:08 PM
At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday March 21st, Cable Bahamas experienced service
issues on its video network. This resulted in multiple channels across
New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera experiencing
intermittent service outages. Technical teams immediately launched
response protocols and began investigations. Multiple vendors were
engaged to assist Cable Bahamas' engineers in troubleshooting the issue.
Due to the malfunction of a major piece of equipment repairs have taken
longer than anticipated.
Early Wednesday morning, March 22nd,
the technical teams were able to begin stabilisation of the network.
During this period, the system restoration suffered a setback and at
this time Cable Bahamas technical teams and vendors are continuing to
work through the issues as we move towards stabilising all TV services...
Bahamas Foreign Affairs on UK Parliament Situation
- Mar 22, 2017 - 2:14:51 PM
Statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on Reports of shots outside UK Parliament on 22 March 2017:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is monitoring the reports
of shots outside the UK Parliament. The Ministry has contacted The
Bahamas High Commission in London and all Bahamian personnel of the High
Commission, The Bahamas Tourist Office and The Bahamas Maritime
Authority are reported to be okay...
Robbery at St. Barnabas Parish voter’s card distribution centre
- Mar 22, 2017 - 1:49:37 PM
DISTRIBUTION OF VOTER’S CARDS FOR THE ST. BARNABAS AND ENGLERSTON CONSTITUENCIES
The Bahamas -- Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall wishes to inform
the public that a robbery took place at the St. Barnabas Parish voter’s
card distribution centre yesterday evening, March 21, just after 8:00
Parliamentary Registration Department staff lost personal cell phones and cash in the robbery...
Carroll Signs Book of Condolences for Sir Derek
- Mar 22, 2017 - 11:25:36 AM
The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, is
pictured signing the Book of Condolences for former renowned Saint
Lucian poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, SLC OBE, OCC, at the
Consulate General/Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United
Nations, 800 Second Avenue, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Sir Derek, who
won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away at his home in
Saint Lucia on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the age of 87...
Bahamian Insurance Execs call on Zonicle in Washington
- Mar 22, 2017 - 9:51:16 AM
Several insurance executives of BAF Financial and Investments
(Bahamas) Limited, who are attending GAMA’S annual Leadership and
Management Program (LAMP) conference at the Gaylord National Resort and
Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., paid a
courtesy call on Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to
Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Bahamas Embassy
Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W. The LAMP conference, being
held from March 19 to March 22, involves more than 3,000 field leaders
and industry executives representing the most recognized insurance,
investment, and financial services companies from around the world...